Friday, October 31, 2008

Camphost Is Crazy for Halloween

Harrisonburg Daily News Record - Harrisonburg,VA,USA
Anita Johnson and the "folks" at her campsite are just dying to meet Jimmy Buffett.

And if Mr. Margaritaville knew Johnson and her crew, he'd probably want to meet them, too.

From April through November, the 50-year-old New Hope resident and her husband, Bobby, work as camp hosts at the Natural Chimneys Campground in Mount Solon.

Each year, starting on Labor Day, Johnson begins decorating their campsite for Halloween. She always picks a different theme. Once, it was cowboys and Indians, another time it was Casablanca and one year Bonnie and Clyde.

This year, her decorations were bigger - and a little drunker - than ever.

A longtime fan of Buffett, Johnson created a Halloween version of the singer's signature Margaritaville.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Anglers Lured To Rustic Haven

Anglers Lured To Rustic Haven
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA

Camp Mack's River Resort is about as far east as you can go and still be in Polk County.

Those who are up for the drive find a rustic, yet modernized setup at this fishing haven that has been nestled along the Kissimmee River for more than a hundred years.

Although Camp Mack is known for its fishing opportunities, owners Robert "Bobby" Eddy and Billy Farris are quick to point out that this is no fish camp. They have spent years turning this little section of Old Florida into a family-friendly destination with some upscale amenities, by fish camp standards.

"We wanted to attract the world-class bass tournaments," Eddy says.

To do that, Camp Mack needed to accommodate more fishermen on the premises. So what once was a rather primitive setup, with three cabins and a country store, became the River Resort, which offers about 215 RV sites, some of which are available for sale, eight rental cabins and a motel.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Campgrounds Close Saturday

WRAL.com - Raleigh,NC,USA
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The approaching winter season has the Great Smoky Mountains National Park closing some facilities and roads.

Seven of the park's 10 campgrounds will be closed Saturday.

The Cades Cove Campground in Tennessee and the Smokemont Campground in North Carolina will remain open through the winter, but will have self-registration.

Hours will be reduced at the visitor centers and some roads will be closed during November.

The Park's two main roads, Newfound Gap and Little River, will remain open throughout the year, except for temporary bad weather closures. Newfound Gap is U.S. 441.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: http://ww.nps.gov/grsm
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Die-hard campers defy slow economy

Branson Daily News - MO, United States
Nothing can stop them, the die-hard campers, who, despite bad weather, the failing economy or high fuel prices, keep traveling to Branson.

“The economy hasn’t stopped us from camping,” said Ronnie Dunigan, of Tulsa, Okla. “We don’t come quite as often as we did before, but now we stay longer. It’s just not feasible to come to Branson to camp for only three or four days, because of the price of gas.”

This time around, Dunigan is setting up for a month-long stay.

“My RV gets about six miles to the gallon, so when we travel, we try to get our money’s worth,” he said. “We have been (camping) for 58 years and we don’t plan on stopping because of a little bad weather or gas prices.”

Campground owners agree there has been some decline, but reservations haven’t stopped and November is looking up.
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Full-time RVer sees the whole country as their home

Michael Dautel's life was a model of success. He was married, held a $200,000-a-year job with a fiber optics company and owned a four-bedroom home in a pricey Atlanta suburb. There was just one problem. He hated it. "I was living in an airplane and hotels," said Dautel, 58. "I decided I'd had enough of that rat race." So when his fourth marriage ended in divorce in 1999, Dautel put all his furniture into storage. He bought a 30-foot trailer and hit the road.

Nine years later, he's still on the road.

"My family wanted to have me committed, because they knew what I walked away from," said Dautel, who for the past several months has parked his newer, 40-foot fifth-wheel at Tampa East RV Resort.

"The funniest thing was, I didn't miss a bit of it."

It took Dautel five years to get rid of his storage locker, the last vestige of his former life. He has traveled across the country but often returns to Florida.

He typically supplements an Air Force pension with work, either for the parks where he stays or outside. He spent three years managing a restaurant in the Keys, despite having no experience.

Lately, he sells RVs at Bates RV, next door to Tampa East. "I sell the lifestyle," he said. "I love the lifestyle."
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mark Twain Lake camping season extended

Hannibal.net - Hannibal,MO,USA
Mark Twain Lake, MO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the camping season for Mark Twain Lakes’ Ray Behrens and Indian Creek Campgrounds to Nov. 24. The extension is the result of visitors requesting camping sites during hunting season.

Hunters are reminded to to follow all safe hunting practices, leave a hunting plan with someone, be a responsible and ethical hunter, and be prepared for any problems.

There are approximately 45,000 acres of land and water available for hunting. The lake is surrounded with hunter-fisherman access areas. All “No Hunting Zones” posted around recreation areas should be obeyed. No off-road vehicles are allowed.

For more information, please phone the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097 or email marktwaininfo@usace.army.mil.
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FEMA to hold Recreational Vehicles Industry Day

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008 beginning at 9:00 am.

Purpose: The purpose of this event is to provide a forum for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its Joint Housing Solutions Group (JHSG) to engage with the Recreational Vehicle (RV) Industry in discussions on the current market conditions and capability of RV manufactures to build and deliver travel trailers with Indoor Air Quality measures of less than .016 PPM in formaldehyde.

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Large sum of money seized from RVers at border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the Blue Water Bridge seized $38,766 from two motor homes after the drivers failed to declare the cash, officials reported Tuesday.

It is not illegal to carry large sums of cash across the border but anything more than $10,000 must be declared to inspectors, said Chief Ron Smith, spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.

Smith said it is unclear why the people were carrying the cash. The incident happened as the motor homes were crossing into the United States about 1 p.m. Sunday. The drivers said they were headed to Mexico.

The cash — including Mexican pesos and Canadian and American dollars — was found in several places, in-cluding a safe built into a closet and beneath a false floor in the bottom of a bathroom cabinet.

The drivers of the motor homes, both Canadian citizens, are not in trouble, Smith said. He said the motor homes, along with a larger “convoy,” were allowed to continue on their way after the money was found.

For “humanitarian reasons” some of the money was re-turned to the people, but Smith would not say how much. Two people were in each motor home.
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Why living fulltime in an RV....could be in your future!

If you are one of the unlucky ones being affected by the present day bad economic conditions(and who isn't these days) and need to downsize expenses, then, fulltime RV'ing might be in your future. I think it provides an excellent and more frugal alternative to living in a stix and brick house, and can serve you well anytime, but particularly well, in these more difficult financial times.
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Monaco Coach Third Quarter Results

COBURG, OR, Oct 29, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX)
Monaco Coach Corporation a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles, reported results for the third quarter ended September 27, 2008 and provided an update on its credit facilities.

Third quarter 2008 revenues were $166.3 million, compared to $322.4 million in revenues for the third quarter of 2007. The operating loss of $90.6 million for the third quarter included restructuring and impairment charges of $68.5 million. These results compare to operating income of $6.5 million for the third quarter of 2007. Net loss for the third quarter of 2008 was $71.8 million, or a loss of $2.40 per share, compared to net income of $3.7 million and earnings of $0.12 per share for the third quarter a year ago.


Monaco Coach Corporation reported it is in the final stages of concluding its new loan agreements to replace its existing credit facility. The Company believes the agreements will be concluded by the end of the week.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kingsley Coach to offer RV Motorhome Rentals

ZIMMERMAN, Minn., Oct. 28 -- Kingsley Coach, Inc. announces the Company will be establishing a short term rental and leasing subsidiary in order to help increase the Company's revenue streams. Kingsley has found a need to focus its business on the short-term rental of Kingsley custom coaches, as well as motor homes made by other manufacturers.

The motor home market has had considerable increases in the number of sales in the last decade, from 2001 to 2004; motor home ownership increased over 39%. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the RV Rental Assoc. RV rental has become a $350 million a year business and is likely to increase with sales of motor homes dipping in the last year as well as the current down turn in the financial sector; the average age for motor home ownership is 49.

"Custom Motor homes like those Kingsley sells on a commercial chassis, combined with new technology and amenities are in significant demand. It is believed that by offering rental options to our customers, we can provide a wide array of Kingsley coaches to a broader base of RV buyers." stated Allan Smethers, CEO of Kingsley Coach, Inc."
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Fall South Jersey RV Show Starts Friday

The three-day show, which kicks off Friday at the Atlantic City Convention Center, offers steep discounts on everything from camping trailers to luxury diesel motor homes.

"Dealers and manufacturers are offering deep discounts and incentives, even on the high-end models," said James McLaughlin, show director and president of MAC Events. "One of the dealers in the show is offering a high-end diesel-pusher motor home at approximately half the manufacturer's suggested retail price."

The RV Show covers everything from inexpensive pop-up camping trailers, travel trailers and fifth wheels to luxury diesel-pusher motor homes, toy-haulers and park models.

RV manufacturers represented at the show include Jayco, Monaco, Canterbury, Crossroads, National, Layton, Beaver, Airstream, Fleetwood, Winnebago, Dynamax, Air Stream, Itasca, Lance, Starcraft, Forrest River, Dutchman, Kropf and many others.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Plan to revamp Idaho campground stirs passions

STANLEY, Idaho (AP) - A U.S. Forest Service plan to improve and modernize the campground at the inlet of Stanley Lake has some outdoor enthusiasts upset.

Eric McQuay, recreation program manager for the U.S. Forest Service's Stanley Ranger Station, says he understands the reaction. But he says the beautiful campsite is so outdated that the site is no longer practical. Spring flooding washes out roads and the hand pumps at the campground are within 100 feet of standing water, which violates current standards. That means they can't be replaced. The outhouses are also outdated.
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College Students Upset With Tailgating RVers

You resisted the urge to press the snooze-button, drove to school right on time, only to find your usual parking lot filled with Recreational Vehicles (RV).

During Cougar football season, this is an all-to-common reality for university students.

Any time there is a Friday home game; parking spaces students have paid for are rented out to enthusiastic tailgaters. Washington State University’s (WSU) Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) rent the parking spaces to RV owners for $40 per weekend. The parking lot most affected by this situation, is the yellow lot on Stadium Way, east of WSU’s indoor practice facility.

Students who have purchased parking passes that allow them to park in the same lot, paid $240.97 for the 2008-2009 academic year. In some instances, the RV owners place cones in parking spaces, close to theirs, to save room for friends arriving in other RVs.
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Hardin, MO man trying to bring RV park to town

Hardin resident Jason Raasch is trying to get city approval to build a 10-unit, two-acre RV park in the East Main and 8th Street area of town.

Raasch anticipates construction railers, pipeline workers on the trans-Canada oil line in 2009, and future construction workers on a potential Norborne power plant as his main RV users. Some residents and Alderman Randy Estenbaum are concerned about increased traffic and a work hard, play hard crowd – or worse – from the proposed park.
“You have no idea who you’re going to rent to. It could be a meth lab,” Estenbaum told Raasch.

Resident Cindy Baugher spoke on her behalf and nine other townspeople opposing the park.

“I just don’t see it, especially in that part of town with little kids. Who knows what’s gonna come in here?” she said. Baugher asked and was granted more time to get more signatures against the RV park for November’s meeting.
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RV sales hinge on available credit

The recent fall of gas prices by more than a dollar a gallon certainly won't hurt the RV industry, officials say.

But a far bigger boost will come when the seemingly frozen credit world thaws.

"We been saying all year that the real issue is not fuel prices," said Kevin Broom, director of media relations for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. "It's credit, and we believe that that continues to be the case.

"It may help some and may offer some hope but fuel prices are not the driving factor in consumers buying an RV, it really is credit —— where people can get loans for what they are buying."

Additionally, declining home values and overall consumer confidence also greatly affect sales.
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Family of 5 buys RV and takes their life on the road

from the blog: Hello, We are The Chinchen's
Our story goes like this...
Jason got laid off in May. I tried real hard not to freak out and trust that these things happen for a reason. Something better always comes along. I allowed myself to enjoy a playful,stress-free summer camping in the mountains and swimming in the clear, cold lakes with my family. That was until my job shut their doors. Without warning both of us were unemployed.

Again, I tried real hard not to lose it, keep calm and breath. But with 3 kids to feed and rent and bills to pay, that just wasn't happening. Is this how I wanted to spend my time. Having anxiety and stressing about what was next? Wasting away reading the classified ads in the paper, on the internet or any other place I might find a job. Reality was, there just weren't any jobs out there for us to be found. The time had come. Time to leave Bend.

The decision itself wasn't hard. Traveling and exploring is something we love and hitting the open road with our kids was always a dream. There were always jobs to report to in the morning and spelling tests at school. Now with no alarm clock needed to be set it seemed like a no-brainer. It was time for us to go out and find a new "Bend".

Without time to really let it process, we decided to hold a yard sale the next weekend and sell all unnecessary belongings and shop for an RV. You would never believe the amount of..should I say it....CRAP, that we sold. As people pulled away with our life in their backseats we
scrambled to throw everything else into our new home.

In under 2 weeks we had found a house on wheels, sold or stored everything we owned, said tearful goodbyes to our friends and drove onto the open road.
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Massachusetts delays closing veach campsites

The state’s plan to remove 32 waterfront campsites at the Horseneck Beach Campground has been delayed for at least a year, giving campers at least another season to enjoy their views of Buzzards Bay.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will instead focus on finishing the new phase of construction at Horseneck Beach, for a new beach services building, said commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. A construction contract was recently awarded to a New Bedford company for that project.

Hundreds of Horseneck campers signed a petition this summer urging the state to change its mind on the plan to remove the waterfront sites. Many said they wouldn’t return to the campground if their waterfront locations were removed. Before the project moves forward, the state will allow the public to voice their opinions on the plan.

State Rep. Michael Rodrigues, the Westport Democrat who has opposed the DCR plan, said Friday that Sullivan inherited the campground plan from the prior administration and that the department could benefit from extra planning time.

“There’s been a lot of opposition, including from me,” Rodrigues said. “From a pure environmental point of view, there are some good reasons to remove the campsites, however, there has to be a balance.” He said he hopes the state and campers can reach a compromise. “It’s going to be a win-win when it’s all done.”
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Reno Nevada's Gold Ranch is valued rest stop

Carson Times - Reno,NV,USA
In some form or another, since the 1940s, Terrible's Gold Ranch Casino & RV Resort has welcomed motorists into Nevada or bid them farewell as they departed.

When severe winter weather strikes, it's where many ride out the storm.

"This is the last stop (before California) and a lot of times, traffic is held at Gold Ranch," general manager Aaron Fox said. "We always have hot coffee on."

A campground resort that holds 105 recreational vehicles opened in 2000 and has guests who stay from one night to one year.

The RV resort is year-around and has laundry facilities, wireless Internet, showers, a swimming pool and allows pets.

"We're very proud of this place and think it's the nicest RV park in town," Fox said. "We could probably demand higher prices but don't."
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fewer dollars mean cuts loom at national forests

It should come as no surprise in this era of steeply rising costs for basic goods that even federally owned national forests are affected, which, in turn, mean raising prices for forest users and closing down facilities.

That's what's on tap in 2009 for the nearly 1 million acre Huron-Manistee National Forest in the Lower Peninsula.

The cost of doing business has risen steadily and so has the maintenance backlog that now totals $1.5 million for its 174 developed recreation sites.

"We're looking at $100,000 in additional revenue coming back to the sites," said Carol Boll, recreation program manager for the forest.

Boll floated a proposal earlier this year to raise fees at 68 of the 174 recreation sites along with entry fees. Fees will be increased on 11 other sites next year.

The new revenue will bring the $240,000-to-$300,000 spent now on maintenance closer to the $400,000 annual costs. Boll said the forest also is raising the fees to be more on par with other private and public recreational facilities that charge more.

The new money will be used to make improvements on signs, toilets, campgrounds, trailheads, launches, scenic overlooks and the like.
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Camping debris clogs plans for fall ritual

Nashua Telegraph - Nashua,NH,USA
I still had a good half-hour before dusk would fall and complicate this annual October ritual of mine, so I leisurely rolled up and jockeyed my wheeled home-away-from-home even with the metal-capped tube I've always associated with the words "great convenience."

I hopped out, expecting I'd need to move up or back to get closer, but found myself smiling with the inner pride of a guy who just did a guy thing perfectly on the first try. Many times I have dumped my RVs sewage storage tank over the years. It's one of the least-appealing but most necessary chores, sort of like that annual PSA exam for us 50-plus coots.

One of the neatest things that came with the big, new Campers Inn in Merrimack when it was built about a decade ago was the 24-hour, help-yourself dumping station where any RVer, customer or not, was welcome to unload their gray and black water tanks at no cost.

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The dump station cap had something new on it – a big, shiny padlock forbidding entry into the four-inch pipe.
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Upscale RV campground taking shape in Michigan

The planned upscale RV campground near Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park is starting to take shape.

The layout of the first 157 campsites is in place, some of the concrete RV pads have been poured and construction of the office/camp store building is under way on the 73-acre site along Riley-Thompson Road.

In addition, the behind-the-scenes planning by the husband-wife owner/operator team, Roger and Casey Jourden, is moving along. The rates for the first season have been established and the weekend activities have been scheduled.

The Jourdens have been quite busy since they announced their plans to construct a destination resort/campground in July. The proposed project seems to have generated a lot of interest locally and outside the area, based on the large number of hits on the resort's Web site.

"The response has been huge, beyond our wildest dreams," said Roger Jourden II, son of Michigan's Adventure founder Roger Jourden.

Duck Creek RV Resort is expected to be a 299-site campground with large, full hookup sites and other resort-style amenities, including a large pool, a pond, trails, two playground structures, basketball and tennis courts, shuffleboard and a 3,500-square-foot clubhouse.
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Prpoerty owner defends planned RV resort

Natchez Democrat - Natchez,MS,USA
NATCHEZ — Larry L. “Butch” Brown doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

The owner of the near 13 acres of land on Canal Street is looking to convert that land to an RV resort and said he was shocked to hear of the staunch opposition the project met during Thursday night’s planning meeting.

“I don’t really know what the concern is,” he said. “We have no intentions of doing anything but a very upscale, very small, limited use recreational resort in conjunction with a three or four-story hotel and a standalone restaurant.”

A public hearing for the approval of an amendment revision to allow the B-2 zoned property to house an RV resort brought many property owners out to voice their concerns.

Concerns included devaluation of neighboring residences and fear that the property would begin as high-end but denigrate to a trailer park.

“People were calling it a trailer park and one of the neighbors down there had some very derogatory things to say about a trailer park,” Brown said. “To call it a trailer park is really a disservice to all upscale RV parks in America.”
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Dane County, MI parks and campgrounds reservations go online Nov. 3

The Capital Times - Madison,WI,USA
Park users will be able to reserve space at Dane County parks and campgrounds online for the first time starting Nov. 3.

The new site is at www.reservedane.com.

Online service will debut at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 3 to allow users to make 2009 campground and shelter reservations and apply for park recreational use permits.

Permits will be available for lake access, dogs, trails, disc golf and Tenney locks.

"This new convenience means citizens can get park permits anytime, anywhere with just a few clicks of a computer mouse," said County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Park patrons can browse the site to determine which campsite or shelter best serves their needs, then use a major credit card to make a reservation.

Reservations also can be made by calling the County Parks office at 246-3896.
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Oregon port eliminates summer monthly camping rates

Siuslaw News - Florence,OR,USA
Daily, weekly and winter monthly rates remain unchanged at RV campground.

At a special meeting Oct. 20 to discuss port finances relating to the 2008-2013 Strategic Business Plan, the Port of Siuslaw Commission unanimously approved eliminating the summer monthly rates at the RV campground.

Residents staying at the Port of Siuslaw RV Campground and Marina during the summer months, from July 1 to Oct. 31, will now pay either daily or weekly rates. The monthly rates for the winter months, from Nov. 1 to June 30, remain unchanged.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

New Wireless Color Camera System RV Hitching Aid

CLEVELAND, OH – October 10, 2008 - Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products, is offering VisionStat™ Portable, a new transportable wireless camera system. VisionStat™ Portable provides a safe and convenient solution for all types of towing applications, visual security, temporary use for backing and observation of valuable cargo.

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Rockport-Fulton Texas... Smart Destination for Winter Texans

ROCKPORT, Texas, Oct 24, 2008 -- "This is our fifth year to make Rockport our home for six months," says Sharon Firmstone of Hawley, Pennsylvania. "When we return north, we compare notes with our friends and find we have the best deal of all, we spend in one month what they do in a week in Florida. You can't beat the cost of living, and I doubt you'll find a friendlier place."

Sharon and her husband John come for the quality of life, "it's a captivating small town, much like Hawley, but it's close to big city amenities. Houston and Corpus Christi are just a short drive. We also find the quality of health care is better and more affordable, so we have all of our medical check-ups while down there. I teach aerobics and my husband plays golf daily. The people in Texas just go out of their way to help visitors; I've never known anything like it."

In early November, when the winter chill begins to frost over the Midwest and Northeastern region of the United States, the migration to the Texas Coastal Bend begins. More than 10,000 people known as Winter Texans find refuge in Rockport-Fulton, Texas.
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US bans firewood imports from Canada

The Associated Press
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is banning imports of untreated firewood from Canada amid concerns it could carry an invasive pest species into the United States.

The quarantine imposed by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requires that all hardwood firewood entering the United States from Canada must be heated to almost 160 degrees for 75 minutes.

The most common way invasive species — such as the Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth — are brought into an area is through firewood.
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RV Resorts get nod toward approval

Natchez Democrat - Natchez,MS,USA
Natchez Planning Commission members approved an amendment to allow RV resorts within the Natchez City limits Thursday night.

Nearly 60 residents crowded the Natchez City Council Chambers to voice their support and opposition to the proposed changes.

With a 4-1 vote, the commission approved adding RV resorts to the list of special exemptions in the city’s B-2 business districts.

The issue now goes to a public hearing before the mayor and board of aldermen, who will then vote to approve the change to the city ordinance.

“There is a big difference between an RV resort and RV park like the one across the river,” Larry Brown said.

“It’s a totally different world. The people who come to these resorts average in their 50s and are in the mid- to upper-income levels,” he said. “These are the kind of people we want in downtown Natchez.”

Larry Brown also pointed out that many casino towns, including Las Vegas and the Gulf Coast, have these high-end resorts.

“We don’t want to be like Las Vegas, but these resorts are very exclusive,” he said. “These people are not coming unless they are coming to an RV resort,” he said.
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Halloween hoot at Indiana Dunes State Park

Hayrides will greet campers as they arrive Friday at the Indiana Dunes State Park in a kick-off for the park's annual "Howl"oween weekend.

Scary night hikes, Halloween decorations and, of course, trick or treating are just a few of the activities planned for the weekend. The state park has offered the festivities for several years, said Brad Bumgardner, interpretive naturalist at the park.

"Last year we had literally hundreds of people taking part in Halloween activities," Bumgardner said.
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Beaudry RV loses its Fleetwood line

The double-feature nightmare of high fuel prices and tight credit has hurt recreational-vehicle sales and contributed to Tucson's biggest RV dealer losing one of its top lines.

As a result, more than 100 Fleetwood RVs were taken from Beaudry RV's lot and locked up at a Tucson Electric Park lot this week.

Beaudry RV, 3200 E. Irvington Road, is no longer a Fleetwood dealer, Beaudry RV CEO Thomas Sylvester confirmed. Sylvester said the Fleetwood products "were moved to a neutral site."

He later acknowledged that the company that is storing the RVs at TEP is the one that financed the Fleetwood stock.

Sylvester wouldn't talk about the details of Beaudry's split with Fleetwood, including who initiated the change.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Downsizing to 100 square feet of bliss

CALISTOGA, California (CNN) -- Bill and Sharon Kastrinos practice the ultimate in minimalism. They've squeezed into a 154-square-foot home that looks more like a kid's playhouse than their previous 1,800-square-foot home.

With the economy crashing, the Kastrinos traded in their spacious kitchen for one that stretches barely an arm's length.

It hasn't been without its challenges, but Sharon Kastrinos says it's exhilarating to no longer feel compelled to keep up with the Joneses. "There's a tremendous burden that's off your shoulders," she says. "Small is OK, and it might even be better."

Her husband adds that most Americans "want to be seen in their big house with a big car." But not them, not anymore.

"I don't think bigger is better," he says.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tiffin Motorhomes & Freightliner Sued Under California Lemon Law

San Diego, CA October 21, 2008 -- San Diego, California, Lemon Law attorney Doug Sohn announced today that he is representing a Southern California cancer patient and his wife in a Lemon Law lawsuit against Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, a Delaware corporation based in South Carolina. The Federal Court suit, Case No. 08 CV 0879 W WMc, filed in the Southern District of California, alleges that, among other things, the $200,000 motor home had defective brakes that failed, and had defective "slide-outs" and leveler jacks. Tiffin Motorhomes of Alabama is a co-defendant in the action.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Reservations accepted for Massachusetts DCR campgrounds

Melrose Free Press - Beverly,MA,USA
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has opened the advance reservation window for the agency’s campgrounds. Reservations are now being accepted at 28 of DCR’s 31 campgrounds across the state for the 2009 season.

DCR manages about 3,800 campsites in campgrounds across the commonwealth, from the Berkshires to outer Cape Cod. Six of these campgrounds will open on Friday, April 17, 2009, and the remainder will open on varying dates throughout May and June 2009.

Campsite fees range from $8-$15 per night for Massachusetts residents, and $10-$17 per night for out-of-state residents.

Campers should note that the campground at Massasoit State Park will be closed for the 2009 season, as the electric system servicing the campground is in need of repair. As an alternative, DCR encourages campers in southeastern Massachusetts to enjoy nearby Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport on the west side of Buzzards Bay, or Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, on Cape Cod Bay at the eastern end of the Cape Cod Canal.

To make a reservation for a DCR campground, call ReserveAmerica’s toll-free reservation line, 877-422-6762) or 877-620-0833 (TTY), or visit reserveamerica.com.

For more information about camping in DCR’s state parks, visit www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/camping.htm.
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Historic Benbow Resort, Eurika, CA to be Sold

The Eureka Reporter - Eureka,CA,USA
John E. Porter, Managing Partner of Benbow Hotel & Resort announced Monday that he and his partner Jack Macdonald are in agreement to sell the Benbow properties. Porter and his partner signed an agreement with Passport Hotel Group located in Napa Valley to sell the Resort, including the Inn, RV Park, golf course and related land.
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RV Starter Kits to Improve RVer Customer Satisfaction

Fayetteville, NC October 20, 2008 -- RV Education 101, an educational video production company and Valterra Products, a leading RV Parts and Accessories Supplier team up to offer a low cost effective solution to RV dealers by providing RV education material and essential starter kit items together in one package.

The two companies worked together to package the essential items and a 54 minute RV Orientation DVD in RV starter kits to help make the RV experience more enjoyable for new RV owners. Donna Warr, Sales Manager for Valterra stated, "By providing the RV Orientation DVD in the starter kits, we can help RV dealers save money in the long run and improve their customer satisfaction ratings at the same time.

The RV Orientation DVD was produced by RV Education 101 specifically for these starter kits and is applicable to all types of RV's.

Mark Polk, owner RV Education 101, added, "A common problem in the industry for many years has been low RV Dealer customer satisfaction ratings. I have always felt that one way to improve these ratings is to improve the education process for new RV owners. A dealership might give the RV consumer the best orientation possible but it all boils down to retention. The consumer cannot retain the overwhelming system operations and information overload presented in a one-time class. The RV Orientation DVD included in these starter kits gives the new RVer a chance to review the information as many times as needed after they take the RV home or when they take their unit out of storage for the next camping season."

Local Fayetteville, NC RV dealership owner Annette Autry, President of Allsport RV Center explains it like this, "A good percentage of the complaints you get from new customers reflect a lack of knowledge rather than a real problem. The RV Orientation DVD can solve all of these problems, and the consumer will remember you as the one who helped to educate them."

Dawn Polk, co-owner RV Education 101, sums it up saying, "We don't want RVers to be overwhelmed with their new RV lifestyle. Our goal with all of our products is to teach new RVers all that we can to make their RV experiences everything they should be, SAFE, FUN and STRESS FREE. RV owners can review our RV training videos as many times as needed until they thoroughly understand the RV systems and operation."

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Haunted Hayride draws hundreds to Campground

SunJournal.com - Lewiston,ME,USA
EUSTIS - Following the yellow-brick road on Saturday night at Cathedral Pines Campground was both frightful and fun for many of more than 300 people of all ages who participated in the Haunted Hayride.

For those trying to evoke screams or laughter, it was a hoot, said Wicked Witch of the West Deb Buschman at the "Wizard of Oz" fright site.

"We have too much fun," she said, while waiting in the dark for the first wagon load of people to arrive. "This is the only time of the year that us adults can have fun and get away with it."

Anyone is welcome to participate in the haunting, by setting up a campsite with props and joining in. The event is held two weeks prior to Halloween, because Eustis usually has snow on the ground by then, Buschman said.
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Matthew McConaughey shows off his Airstream

Austin American-Statesman - Austin,TX,USA
In the November issue of Architectural Digest magazine, Matthew McConaughey is showing off something other than his famous abs. This time around, the sometimes Austinite is giving us a peek at his funky Airstream trailer.

The five-page spread highlights the homey trailer that the actor has nicknamed the “Canoe,” explaining that, “The highways are like rivers, they’re just concrete.” It is tricked out with a satellite dish, stainless appliances and a custom banquette and table (he is six-feet tall, after all), as well as surfer-themed decor.
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Weather slows work on state ATV park & Campground

The Union Leader - Manchester,NH,USA
BERLIN – A soggy summer put the brakes on trail development at New Hampshire's newest state park, but it did not stop ATV enthusiasts from around the northeast from riding what is already there.

The state purchased 7,200 acres for Jericho Mountain State Park nearly two years ago. The master plan developed last year calls for about 135 miles of trails crossing the property, as well as a 200-site campground and service facilities.

State officials expect to send out requests for proposals for development of the campground later this year, Gamache said. The state park's master plan calls for the campground to have 93 tent/pop-up site, 81 RV sites and 26 remote camp sites.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Now is a great to camp in Texas

Fort Worth Star Telegram - Fort Worth,TX,USA
With temperatures dropping and the window before winter closing fast, now is a great time to enjoy a camping vacation

But with a struggling economy, taking a long family vacation might be out of the question. Fortunately, there are several places in the area where a weekend excursion could be a shorter trip than going to a Cowboys game.

Many people have already figured this out, though.

"This time of year our sites are generally full on the weekend," said Bobby Faucett, manager of Benbrook Lake. "People like to camp, and we’re close to the Metroplex."

With limited space and winter bearing down on North Texas, now is a good time to reserve a spot at one of these campgrounds:
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Arrived at Havasu Falls RV Resort

On the Road With Larry & Teddy blog post by Larry Page
We arrived here on Tuesday October 14th after an uneventful four hour trip from Pahrump, Nevada where we had been for the last month.

Our friends Rob & Sharon from Kenosha, WI, Jerry & Barb from Bronson, MI and Buzz & Linda from Custer, SD were already here. Don & Carol from Wheatland, WY arrived an hour before us and Jim & Carol from Terrebonne, OR arrived yesterday, Friday. So the past few days have been filled with hugs, kisses, hearty handshakes and inquires as to each other's health. After all, we are all pill poppin' old farts. ;-)
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BANG! There goes another one!!!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Some Winter Texans returning; economy keeps other up north

Monitor - McAllen,TX,USA
They return every year, flocking south in droves to flee the northern winter and spending trailer loads of cash along the way.

The local economy thrives on the Winter Texans and restaurants, retailers and the tourism industry herald their arrival.

But since the snowbirds' migration to warmer climates is banked on savings, pensions and other investments that have also turned cold in recent weeks, area businesses are left to wonder if fewer will return.

RV park operators say it's too early to tell if the economic woes will impact the Winter Texan population. Some parks are fully booked while others are below average.
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Winnebago RV endures tough, tough quarter

Britt News Tribune - Forest City,IA,USA
FOREST CITY -- Winnebago Industries announced Thursday that it suffered a net income loss of almost $13 million and finished with its least profitable fiscal year in more than a decade.

"It was a tough quarter, a tough, tough quarter," Winnebago Chairman of the Board and CEO Bob Olson said, "and we knew it would be because we've been living through it."

The Forest City-based motor-home manufacturer reported a net loss of $12.7 million in the quarter that ended Aug. 30, and that included an $18.9 million operating loss. The company's net loss was less because of favorable tax settlements.

For the year, Winnebago recorded a profit of $2.8 million, down 93 percent from the $41.6 million the company made in fiscal 2007.
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Deal near for Alabama campground

Times Daily - Florence,AL,USA
County commissioners are moving closer to signing a deed with a Reynolds Alloys employees' group that would allow the county to take over operation of a riverside campground in the east end of the county.

The commission has already signed an agreement with the group to take control of the campground, which is off Gargis Hollow Road.

The next step is to sign a deed that will place the property into the hands of the county government.

Commissioner Rex Burleson said the campground will be completely renovated. He cautioned, however, that the work could take four to five years to complete, maybe longer if current economic conditions continue.

The park has about 20 campsites with electrical hookups and a dump station. There is a large pavilion, rest rooms and a boat ramp.
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Boil Water Order for So Cal RV Park

San Diego 6 - San Diego,CA,USA
The notification is for the Western Horizons Ramona Canyon RV Resort, at 24340 state Highway 78, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.

The "boil water" orders will remain in effect until the distribution systems have been disinfected and additional samples confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply, according to the DEH.
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KOA campground gets special delivery

KCBY.com 11 - North Bend,OR,USA
It took a large crane and a lot of man power to help move the 1929 rail caboose and it's wheels from two flatbed trucks to it's new resting place.

Campground owner Fritz Gross says he has a love for all things railroad related, purchasing his first caboose for the campground a couple of years back.

Gross says the caboose itself has a lot of historical significance.

"It was built in 1929 and decommissioned in 1987. This one was upgraded as a pull caboose. This was used from Chicago to California on freight trains and the conductor and crew would sleep in it while they were traveling."
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Top service honor goes to RVers

The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA
Lauren Beougher, widow of decorated Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Beougher, 23, who was killed in December by a drunken driver in North Fort Myers, not long after the soldier had returned from Iraq.

Lauren Beougher was critically injured in that crash, and unable to travel by airline after her hospital discharge. Mitch and Myrna Howard, strangers to Beougher at the time, made her comfortable in their RV, and drove her overnight, to her out-of-state family home.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

California boat maker out to hook RV buyers

Perris, CA -based Eliminator Boats is thinking outside the water to get through a down cycle in the market.

President and CEO Bob Leach said Wednesday that the manufacturer has begun weekend consignment sales of recreational vehicles, dune buggies and other non-boats to shore up Eliminator's bottom line.

Leach said the boat business has slowed, so the company has taken on the sales as a way of bringing in new revenue, to "keep the doors open" at two plants that employ 65 people.

He said the inventory comes from several sources, though primarily RV dealers and manufacturers.
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Indiana Planning to keep RV industry in state

GOSHEN -- The recreational vehicle and manufactured home industries will be back, says Dennis Harney, head of an Indianapolis-based group that represents the industries.

The key when it happens, though, will be making sure Indiana still has a big chunk of each.

To that end, Harney's group, the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, is carrying out a study to figure out what to do to assure the state's share of RV and manufactured home companies. Representatives from the group -- prodded by recent industry layoffs, plant closures and slipping sales -- will meet with company leaders, aiming by year's end to come up with concrete steps, maybe legislation, to assist the sector.
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Camels come to Virginia Campground

Southwest Virginia Today - Richlands,VA,USA
Camels aren’t exactly indigenous to Southwest Virginia, so it’s a safe bet that many people in the area have never ridden one.

If you’re curious as to what the experience is like, however, you’ll have your chance this weekend.

Iron Horse Campground co-owner Donald Snyder said the campground will be playing host to camels, alpacas and a number of other animals starting Friday and running through Sunday when Lost World Farms stops by.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Decked RVs are Hawkeye dream homes

The Daily Iowan - Iowa City,IA,USA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With plenty of tickets available for Iowa's game in Indiana on Oct. 11, Hawkeye fans journeyed to the Hoosier State in droves. Among them were a number of black-and-Gold-clad supporters traveling in RVs.

But no motor home could be more decorated than the one belonging to East Dubuque, Ill., native Sandy McDowell. She and her husband have driven their RV to every away football game for the past three years.

The McDowells purchased their motor home, originally teal and green, in 2003. With a new paint job, Tiger Hawk decals, and autographs of Hawkeye players and coaches, the couple transformed the standard looking RV into a Hawkeye's dream home.
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It's workers' home away from home

Telegraph-Journal - Saint John,New Brunswick,Canada
SAINT JOHN - Brenda Aubie loves Rockwood Park.
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Brenda Aubie leaves her camper trailer at Rockwood Park campground to take her recyclables to a bin. Her husband, Calvin Smith, is an electrician working on the LNG plant and they have been living in the campground since August.

She spends a good portion of her days walking around its trails, not to mention eating, sleeping and generally living in the park. For the past three months she and her husband, Calvin Smith, have called the Rockwood Park campground home.

Smith is currently working as an electrician on the liquefied natural gas project and the couple - who own a home in Bathurst - decided to live in their camper trailer while he's working in Saint John.

They're not alone because approximately 100 trailers and RVs are currently renting space in Rockwood Park and approximately 95 per cent are workers from out of town, said Geoffrey Spear, superintendent of the campground.
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Resident has dim view of proposed campground

Livingston Daily - Livingston,MI,USA
Do we really want a campground to be built at our beautiful golf course, Chemung Hills? Just think what will happen if the township allows 500 campsites to go in there. Every weekend during the summer months, more than 500 campers and RVs crowding up Latson, Eager and Golf Club roads.

How about our beautiful lakes in this town? How crowded will they become when these weekend warriors figure out that they will have access to them? Showing up with the fishing boats, ski boats and Jet Skis; crowding our beaches at Thompson Lake and Lake Chemung.
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RV Snowbirds Flying to Yuma For Winter

KYMA - Yuma,AZ,USA
Despite America's lagging economy for the past few months, several Yuma business owners say they're not expecting the negative impacts to carry over to their establishments. They believe they'll be just fine in the long-run and are anticipating just as many customers as in years past.

Local RV parks are also gearing up for the arrival of snowbirds, and that includes a brand new park as well. The new Palms Resort should be ready to go by November, just in time to accommodate a large bloc of winter visitors.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Plan a ‘Boo-tiful” camping trip

Shakopee Valley News - Shakopee,MN,USA
Enjoy an afternoon of ghoulish family fun at Baker Campground in Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain from 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 to noon Sunday, Oct. 26.

Carve pumpkins, make scarecrows, play Halloween miniature golf and other games. Each child receives a Halloween gift. Make unlimited tries on the climbing wall, join in the costume parade and decorate your campsite. Prizes will be awarded for “best” costumes and site decorations. Trick-or-treat around the campground and visit with costumed characters behind special “doors.” An evening of family entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter Rachel Kroog and her Kid Power Show featuring “Bat Wrap Song and Dance.”

Reservations are required by Oct. 20 for camping. Cost is $70 for an electric site, $65 for a non-electric site. This includes all activities. For activities only (without camping), cost is $10 per person. Call (763) 559-6700 to make reservations and reference activity number 410007XO.
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Adding your RV to a Car policy may cost you more than Specialized RV Coverage.

Imagine leaving your RV set up at a campsite and returning to find that a family of bears has moved in and, because they weigh hundreds of pounds and are not the best housekeepers, the RV is torn apart. Or accidentally flooding your neighbor’s coach with “black water” by mistakenly hooking your water connections up to the trailer next door. These incidents may sound far-fetched, but they actually happened to Progressive customers. Fortunately for them, they were covered because they had specialized RV insurance, but a lot of RVers wouldn’t be.

“Some people make the mistake of adding their RV onto their car insurance policy, only to find out too late that the car policy doesn’t cover a lot of things that can go wrong in an RV,” said Cathy Pelfrey, RV product manager, Progressive. “An RV is much more than a car—it’s a house on wheels. So an RVer really needs a specialized policy that covers more than what standard car insurance covers.”
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Economic crisis to delay rebound for RV makers

CHICAGO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The outlook for recreational vehicle manufacturers as earnings season gets underway this week is grim.

The collapse in credit markets and the recent precipitous decline in stock prices will undoubtedly make it harder for consumers to contemplate -- let alone finance -- the purchase of a new motor home, yacht, motorcycle or snowmobile.

"Anything big-ticket discretionary -- whether it's a vacation, whether it's an RV, whether it's a boat, it's just off the table right now," said Hayley Wolff, an analyst at Rochdale Securities. "It's going to be a real rocky period for awhile."

The trouble is that RV makers were struggling to cope with crumbling sales long before the latest crisis unfolded as falling home values and rising gasoline prices kept buyers out of their showrooms. For motorhome makers, the downturn in sales was already in its fourth year before the current problems hit.
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Winter in Death Valley National Park

The winter months are the most popular time of the year for travelers to explore this surreal and quietly captivating California park. The largest national park in the continental U.S. with 3.3 million acres, there is plenty of park to explore. Compared with other major national parks, however, it has relatively low visitation, with only 704,122 people visiting in 2007.

The park’s four lodges, two RV parks and nine campgrounds provide overnight accommodations for Death Valley visitors. Concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates three lodges –Furnace Creek Inn, Furnace Creek Ranch and Stovepipe Wells – as well as an RV Park. Campgrounds are managed by the National Park Service.

While the early spring and late summer are also peak Death Valley visitation periods, employees of the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort, however, believe the months of January and February are among the best months weather-wise.
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Snowbirds say they're coming, Florida banking on it

The stormy economy doesn't appear to be stopping snowbirds from returning.
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That's according to a survey by The News-Press and news-press.com of 429 northern residents who flock to Southwest Florida each year.

More good news: Nearly 40 percent of those responding expect to arrive this month; more than 60 percent said they'll spend about as many dollars as they did last year.

This year, every dollar is precious.

"If the snowbirds don't come back, our economy - the restaurants, shops, attractions and theaters - will be in big trouble," said Will Prather, owner of Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Fort Myers.

Prather is quite hopeful for a good snowbird season. He sees significant year-over-year increases in advance bookings for November and beyond, but added: "Right now, local consumer spending is as bleak as I've ever seen it here."
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fleetwood RV to close PA motorhome plant

Reuters - USA
NEW YORK, Oct 10 - Motor home manufacturer Fleetwood Enterprises Inc said on Friday that it would close a Pennsylvania plant in early December, citing a four-year industry slump.

The company will transfer its Paxinos, Pennsylvania, plant's operations to its factory complex in Decatur, Indiana.

The Paxinos plant employs about 325 people.
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Friday, October 10, 2008

First Adventurer camper made in Yakima, WA ready to hit the road

Yakima Herald-Republic - Yakima,WA,USA
YAKIMA — Unit 15001-09 sat at the end of the assembly line late Thursday afternoon, a gleaming fiberglass-skinned camper, with only final quality control standing between it and the open road.

The 8-foot pickup camper is a milestone, the first Adventurer unit manufactured in the United States.

After spending all of its 40 years in business in Abbotsford, British Columbia, the firm picked up and moved its production facility to Yakima earlier this year.

Adventurer looked for several years for an American home, ultimately settling on Yakima to take advantage of lower land prices and production costs, an experienced work force, and proximity to its Canadian and West Coast markets.
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Michigan State parks program waives fee to keep campers coming back

The folks down at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are using their imagination to keep campers happy, and keep them coming in the slow season.

At some state parks such as Bay City State Recreation Area, the DNR is eliminating its $4-a-day fee for unoccupied travel trailers left in campgrounds during the work week. The only condition is that campers must pay the $19- to $21-per-day campground fee on the weekends.

In light of a tight economy and high gas prices, it's an incentive to keep campers coming. They can, for example, use the money saved in weekday fees to ease their pain at the fuel pump for the trip to the shores of Saginaw Bay.
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Coachmen Motorhome Gets 'Best in Class' Fuel Mileage

With its fuel economy pegged at an estimated 17 to 19 miles per gallon, Coachmen's newest Freelander Class C motorhome gets best in class mileage while retailing at an unbelievably affordable price.

Coachmen builds the Freelander 2100 CB on a Freightliner Sprinter chassis. The aerodynamic front end design and the efficient Mercedes 3.0 L V-6 turbo diesel engine are credited for the estimated 17 to 19 mpg. The MSRP on the Freelander 2100 starts around $89,000.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Public Meeting to Discuss Fees on Federal Lands in Nevada

Ely Daily Times - Ely,NV,USA
A public lands recreation subcommittee is to hold a public meeting to discuss fee proposals on some federal lands in Nevada.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas at the Gold Coast Hotel Casino, 4000 W. Flamingo Road on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A meeting notice was published in the Federal Register Oct. 1.

The subcommittee will discuss proposals to increase fees at campgrounds managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the Ely area and at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. The subcommittee will also review a proposal to initiate a meeting room reservation fee at the California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center managed by the BLM's Elko District Office.

The subcommittee consists of representatives of the BLM's three Resource Advisory Councils.

The group has responsibilities to provide advice and recommendations on recreation fees and fee areas for federal lands in Nevada managed by the BLM and the Forest Service.

An agenda is posted at the BLM website: www.blm.gov/nv/. For additional information, call Barbara Keleher, (775) 861-6628.
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Oaklahoma recreational vehicle industry hurt, helped by energy costs

OKLAHOMA CITY – Even as the rest of the nation’s RV industry faces slumping sales, Oklahoma recreational vehicle dealers said they are seeing a compensating increase from the local oil industry.

“We’re seeing a lot of oilfield workers moving from site to site, and rather than waste their company’s per diem living expense payments on hotel rooms, they’re buying their own RVs,” said Chad Eaton, service manager with Leisure Time RV.

Recreational vehicle dealers this week have moved hundreds of examples of their product lines into exhibition buildings at the Oklahoma State Fair Park for the Central Oklahoma RV Dealer Association’s annual fall RV Show & Closeout Sale. The event is free to the public and ends Sunday.

“A good majority of what we’ve been selling in the last several months have been to people in oil and natural gas,” Lewis said. “Even work in our wind energy fields is picking up. … So where we’re losing in one area, we’re gaining in another. We’re a little luckier in that aspect than some other markets are.”
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Katrina Repair Work Slow at Mississippi's Buccaneer State Park

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The campground at Buccaneer State Park used to be full with Fall visitors each October. That was before Katrina.

"Buccaneer has always been a huge part of the economy here, so we're anxious to get it back open," Park Manager Stu Rayburn said.

Work to repair and reopen the park is underway, but progress has been slow.

"It's taken so long because of the catastrophic nature of what happen. The park was completely destroyed. So not only are we rebuilding it from the ground up, we're actually going below ground starting with our infrastructure."
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RV Dealer Dan Gamel will keep Anderson dealership open

Ending months of speculation, Dan Gamel Inc. has decided not to close its Anderson RV dealership, company spokeswoman Joyce Dillingham said today.

On June 27, Gamel announced it would begin liquidating inventory at its dealerships and would close the stores once the stock was sold off.
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RV Salesman Retires After 44 Years

Persistence and caring. Strong people skills. And satisfied customers.

Those were the simple foundations of Jerry Brookbank's 44 years as a salesman for Tom Raper RVs, a career that saw him sell an estimated 6,000 recreational vehicles.

"You have to give glory to God," said his wife, Nancy. "He could really sell. He had a gift."

That gift was based on making customers happy. "You have to treat them right," Jerry Brookbank said. "I never had any real mad customers. They'd come back and talk to me."

Some customers bought four or five recreational vehicles and encouraged other friends and family members to buy from him.

Brookbank stepped back for good at age 76 after being slowed by a back operation and a broken foot.

He worked part-time for many years, representing the bridge from the beginning to today.
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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Salem, Oregon RV Show starts on Thursday

It's more than a gimmick, and promoters are pretty sure it will serve as a magnet to draw attention to the Salem Fall RV Show.

"You've never seen an RV like this, we can guarantee that," said Sam Scott, public relations director for the 31st annual event, which will be Thursday through Sunday at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

The headliner he is describing is the RV-12 Sport Plane.

"It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a recreational vehicle, but it's named the RV-12, and we thought it would be good from the public interest standpoint to bring it here because of its name," Scott said. "It will be on display, and a lot of people are going to be interested in seeing it."

"It will be interesting to have this plane in our building — luckily for us it's named the RV-12 — and it's something for the public to come and look at," Scott said. "It's something to break up the monotony of your Class A, Class B or Class C recreational vehicle."

He said Westlake Promotions kicked around several ideas as it prepared to promote this show.

"As we were preparing our marketing we were starting to encounter major gas-price hikes and we mentioned that there's never been a better time to just escape locally — grab your family, grab an RV and get back to nature locally rather than on one of those cross-country trips," Scott said.

He said the industry emphasis this year is less on the gigantic motor homes and more on the small, tow-behind units.

"Whether people purchase them or not, they've always liked to come to these shows to look at the larger bus-type motor homes," he said.

"I would say that certainly, yes, we've seen a shift away from the larger Class A homes and more toward the travel trailer and sport utility vehicles, the ones that have the drop-down doors so you can drive your quad into the vehicle. Those have become very popular — those, and Class C units, the conversion vans."
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Industry Pins Hopes on California RV Show

The California RV Show, which starts Friday at Fairplex in Pomona, will have the new wrinkles that are inevitable when rival manufacturers try to stand out in the flood of product introductions a new model year brings.

Roger Humeston says the event could be an indicator of what the next year or so will be like for the industry, which is expected to be down significantly this year, and has seen numerous manufacturers and dealerships go out of business.

Humeston, chief financial officer at Moreno Valley-based manufacturer MVP RV, said the show is important in that it will set up the company's expectations for the upcoming year.

He said indications from dealers suggest that this year's show will be an improvement over last year's show, which he called very poor, in terms of sales generated. What happens in Pomona could impact the pace at which MVP develops new products, he said.
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Monday, October 06, 2008

RVs are green friendly? You betcha…

While this may surprise many of you, recreational vehicles (RVs) may be in fact a more green way to take a vacation in spite of the low mileage they may get.

According to a story on Market Watch, those of us who get away from it all by driving a behemoth vehicle (and living in it) for our vacations are likely conserving resources versus hotels and other vacation venues. Their small interior space make them more conservation-oriented. In fact, they are naturally focused on minimizing resource use by design. Their owners also take steps to keep gas mileage low, including not using air conditioning, minimizing water use when showering and installing solar panels.
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Turning Wheels takes over Monaco Coach Service Center

Ocala, Fla. -- Turning Wheel Holdings, Inc, one of the largest recreational vehicle dealerships in the Southeast, has reached an agreement with Monaco Coach Corp. to open a service center and dealership at the former Monaco Service Center location in Elkhart, Indiana.

The Turning Wheel RV Center, to be located at 1901 West Hively Street in Elkhart, will be an authorized service and warranty center for all of Monaco Coach Corporation's brands of RVs including Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Beaver, Safari and McKenzie. The dealership will also offer Monaco brand gas and diesel motorhomes for sale.

"We are extremely pleased Turning Wheel RV will continue to provide the expert service our customers are accustomed to," said John Nepute, President of Monaco Coach Corporation. "We were committed to retaining a major service presence in the Midwest, and this service center in Elkhart, Indiana, staffed with experienced and trained technicians, is a vital component of servicing our customers."

"This agreement is an important step for Turning Wheel toward becoming a national provider of RV sales and service capabilities," said Marco Martinez, President of Turning Wheel. "The Monaco product enjoys one of the finest reputations in our industry and we are honored that they have chosen us to assume operation of this facility and service their loyal Midwest customers. As we broaden our platform, having our sales and service capabilities in close proximity offers a clear advantage for customers/RV owners and is the model we will pursue as we continue to grow and expand our business/footprint nationwide."

The Turning Wheel RV Center is headquartered in Ocala, Florida with seven other locations in the Southeastern United States including Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia and Georgia.
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Canadian Adventurer RV building RVs in Yakima, WA

Yakima -- Their mothership is in Canada but the new Adventurer RV company is building their campers in Yakima and despite our slow economy business is booming.

Times might be tough for RV companies in the U.S. but over at the Adventurer production line, a Canadian company, there's plenty of work to be done.

Jeff Gaskell, Adventurer Operations Mgr. says, "We'll be manufacturing between one-and-a-half and two a day through the next three to four months."

Business is picking up for Adventurer they're grabbing more of the market with the demise of four RV companies including Chinook and Western RV.
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Motor homes are home sweet home at Wal-Mart

ORVIN BROWN emerged from his comfy home Sunday evening and stepped right into a Wal-Mart parking lot.

It's a home-sweet-home-on-wheels that spreads out to 465 square feet.

Orvin and Barbie Brown's residence was parked on a handful of car spaces outside Wal-Mart, far from the store's entrance, facing the Delaware River and Camden. The couple - she's 72, he's 62 - sold their Renton, Wash., home, rid themselves of many belongings and bought the 2005 vehicle to discover the world. This was their first visit to Philadelphia.

Their motor home had company in the lot, where another RV, several trucks and a couple of vans also were parked.

Drivers from all over the country stay in the South Philadelphia Wal-Mart parking lot for a night or two - or five. They say they do it because the store's manager lets them, because it's free, because the area is safe and because they have no other options near the city.
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Passport cards popular with Texas snowbirds

SAN BENITO - When Georgena Allen walks back from Mexico, she flashes her new card that's her ticket across the border.

Like more residents in the Rio Grande Valley, she uses a passport card instead of the traditional passport book.

"It's so much easier going across the border now," said Allen, a resident at Fun N Sun Resort who got her passport card three weeks ago after applying a month earlier.

"We just show the card. We don't have to show our driver's license," she said. "I carry a small change purse and it fits like a credit card."

More and more residents are applying for the passport card instead of the traditional passport book, said Carlos Mesa, a clerk at the Harlingen Post Office.
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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Memories made at Blue Rock Hog Roast and Camp-out

Zanesville Times Recorder - Zanesville,OH,USA
BLUE ROCK - Dressed as a witch, Kailyn Cash, 2, walked in the costume parade holding the hand of her father, James Cash. The Zanesville residents attended the Blue Rock State Park's annual Hog Roast and Camp-out weekend with other family members including Kameron Sheridan, 10, who was dressed like a clown.

The campground was buzzing with activities for all ages. Pressing cider, cooking beans over an open fire, a hog roasting and trick-or-treat kept the children busy while the adults enjoyed looking at antique tractors.

"It's a nice fall event that fills the whole campground with a lot of fun activities that parents and kids love," Mark West, park director, said. "There's just a lot of fun activities."

Knerr agreed with West about all the fun activities.

"It's a great family event. There's so many things here for all ages. There's all kinds of stuff to do. Some families come over and visit and spend the day and participate in the games," Knerr said.

Memories are made at campgrounds and West is seeing parents, who went camping as children, bring their own children to the park now.

"These events specifically are the stuff that makes family's memories. The fondness of sitting around the campfire, making s'mores, those are the things you look back on. Kids that enjoyed it are now bringing their kids to enjoy camping. That means we're doing something right," he said.
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Mojave National Preserve Offers RVers Much to Explore

The return of cooler months to the desert invites exploration of the sprawling Mojave National Preserve just over the Nevada border in Southern California.

Although the preserve contains few established foot trails, hundreds of miles of old roads and historic trails lead hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists, four-wheelers and equestrians to probe washes, canyons and mountains. Always carry at least a gallon of water per person and extra for your vehicle. Let a responsible person know where you are headed and when you plan to return.

Administered by the National Park Service since 1994, the Mojave National Preserve sets aside a huge portion of the Mojave Desert, the smallest and driest North American desert. The preserve encompasses a rough triangle bordered by U.S. 95, Interstate 40 and Interstate 15, plus an area north of I-15 near Mountain Pass.

Between Cima and Kelso, watch for the Cedar Canyon Road turnoff, an access to developed facilities, accessible from I-40 as well. Pavement soon turns to gravel through five flood-prone miles to the junction with Black Canyon Road. Turn south and look for a narrow two-mile road to Mid-Hills Campground, one of two developed campgrounds in the preserve.

Continue south on Black Canyon Road to reach facilities at Hole-in-the-Wall, named for strangely eroded rock formations. Developments include a ranger station, housing for fire crews, an equestrian group campground, a 35-unit RV and tent campground, and two additional walk-in tent sites.
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Friday, October 03, 2008

Campground Owner Sues Town for Right to Expand

BYRON, MAINE - Owners of a commercial campground who have publicly accused town officials of trying to regulate them out of business recently filed a multi-count lawsuit against Byron in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

A procedural motions hearing to determine how best to conduct the case in court has been tentatively set for Nov. 6, according to court Clerk Donna Howe.

Swift River Park LLC, landowners for Coos Canyon Cabins and Campground LLC, wants to expand the campground from 39 lots to 64 lots, its lawyer, Frank M. Underkuffler said by phone on Thursday in Farmington.

After two years of municipal wrangling, Swift River applied to expand on Feb. 28, 2008. In late August, it filed suit, asking a superior court justice to prevent the town from interfering with or preventing the expansion, and to grant additional relief.

"We're hoping that the suit will cause the town to rethink its position and negotiate with us to reach some sort of consent agreement," Underkuffler said. "The town is trying to fix the campground at a certain size and prevent expansion."
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New Jersey RV Dealer Hosts RV Show

"Folks have been burdened with rising costs for just about everything over the past year. We surveyed our customers who told us that a typical RV show costs a family of four anywhere from $30-$40 in admission alone! We decided that the ‘pay to see new Rvs’ mentality makes no sense. This is an unnecessary expense to the RV buyer," says Walter Hynes, general manager of Scott Motor Coach RV Center. “We will be holding an RV Show on October 3rd, 4th and 5th on our lot here in Lakewood. The dealership is located at 1133 Rt 88. You can call the dealership for more information and directions at 732-370-1022 or visit our website at www.scottmotorcoach.com.”

This RV Dealership On-Lot RV Show concept stands to change the purchase structure within the Northeast. Not only will the dealer be offering better than show prices, there will be value added incentives such as $2000 of free camping along with every purchase. It is simple math that makes this work. Spending an average of $50,000 to participate in an off-lot RV show, the money saved can be passed along to the consumer. Not only is the admission free, the prices are lowered below typical RV show prices, and it is possible to offer additional value to the purchase by forming relationships with a variety of camping resorts.

“It’s easy to see why this approach works,” says Hynes. “If we don’t have added expenses, our customers benefit. Ask yourself why the consumer should have to pay admission to purchase an RV? You have to answer that they shouldn’t. The fair, common sense, ‘back to basics’ marketing concept we have taken this year has initiated a great response. Our sales are as steady as in years past, and our customers are the ones who benefit the most with lower prices on high quality Rvs.”

The Fall Festival event is free to the public, and there is no charge for parking. With hundreds of RVs on display from the nation's largest and most well-known RV manufacturers there is sure to be something that appeals to the new as well as avid RVer. Special offers on RV Parts and RV Accessories will also be available. For more information call 732-370-1022.
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How 12,000 RVers tilt East Texas elections

n a place called Rainbow’s End, amid towering East Texas pines and hulking Winnebagos, sits an unremarkable, gray-brick building that is home to the biggest and most influential voting bloc in Polk County. No one actually lives at 100 Rainbow Drive, but the building hosts 12,000 registered voters.

The 10,000-square-foot building houses a massive mail-forwarding service, the largest in the nation. The service is geared toward recreational vehicle enthusiasts and allows them to receive mail—and vote by mail in Polk County elections—from wherever they happen to be. Known as the Escapees, the mostly white-haired RV owners have—in theory at least—exchanged fixed abodes for a life zipping across America in mobile mansions. These 12,000 overwhelmingly Republican voters—some of whom have never even set foot in the area—have helped erode what was once a stronghold of yellow dog Democrats deep in the Piney Woods of Texas. To some, the operation allows the Escapees to enjoy life on the open road. To critics, it is voter fraud on a grand scale.
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Motorhome involved in Propane Leak

The propane leak that shut down NJ Transit rail service south of Red Bank for about 90 minutes yesterday afternoon involved a motor home that was refueling a tank.

The leak developed as propane was being pumped into a Winnebago at the Citgo Station at 697 Branch Ave., Detective Lt. Joseph Mazza said.
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Mississippi RV Park now Jellystone Park Campground

DeSoto Appeal - Memphis,TN,USA

Horn Lake's Audubon Point RV Park will become the second Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Campground in Mississippi.

"We've had a good business, but we want it to grow," said Keith Russell, who opened Audubon Point June 1, 2007.

"We didn't get the number of travelers this summer that we had expected, but we believe that joining the Jellystone Park franchises, that we can become more of a destination campground," he said.

Audubon Point already has a swimming pool and a game room, but Russell said he will be adding other activities to enhance the park.

Audubon Point has 114 slots for RV camping.

Audubon Point is on U.S. 51, just south of Nail Road in Horn Lake.
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

On the Snowbird Trail

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RUSKIN, Fla – The day dawned bright and clear in the Midwest. Outside it was a brisk 32 degrees and a layer of white frost covered everything – including the little RV I had packed and ready to drive south. Surely, I thought, the temperature was a sign for snowbirds to begin their annual migration.

Out on the freeway, the sky was the deep blue of the autumns in my dreams but I was too preoccupied to appreciate it. I was certain that with the freezing temperature, entire flocks of snowbirds would be filling up the campgrounds on their migration south. Would I be able to find a place to stay?

It turns out I needn’t have worried. There was no flock to be found. On my first night in Illinois, my little RV was one of the few in the park. In a few days the campground was scheduled to close for the season, the little store was nearly as empty as the park and the entire place had an end-of-life feel to it.

The next campground in Tennessee was a little more active. With nearly half the sites filled, many campers seemed entrenched for longer stays – as indicated by Halloween decorations and other bric-a-brac of everyday life. For some, this campground appeared to be home. But even here, many of the campers will eventually have to head south or return to a more traditional style of housing. The forecast for tonight is for a strong breeze with a low of 43 degrees.

There were no concerns about cold winds at the next stop. Nor was there a flock of snowbirds. According to Cheryl Leyhem, one of the owners of the Southern Gates RV Park and Campground in Arabi, Georgia, the park was nearly full the night before. On this night, however, most of the sites were empty.
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Airstream Life: RV economics

Our great Four Corners circle tour is coming to an end. Over the past month we’ve wandered from Great Sand Dunes NP to Silverton CO, Mesa Verde NP, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Kanab, Grand Canyon, Page AZ, Navajo Nat’l Mon., Canyon de Chelly, and finally here to Grants, New Mexico. That’s in addition to minor excursions to Pipe Springs Nat’l Mon., Glen Canyon NRA, Grand-Staircase Escalante, Vermillion Cliffs, Navajo Bridge, and (on Monday), Hubble Trading Post Nat’l Mon.

All told, we’ve driven about 1,300 miles since the last oil change in Cortez, CO on September 2. Since then we’ve visited 15 national park sites, camped for a month in some spectacular locations, and had a really terrific time. Since we never drove more than 100 miles on any towing day, and because we were careful about where we camped, our costs were ridiculously low. We spent a total of $500 on gas, and $471 on camping — for a month!

That means our daily cost for camping and fuel to explore the Four Corners was about $32 per day. All of our other expenses were the same ones we’d incur at home (groceries, etc). That’s a serious bargain.
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Wi-Fi now available at Missouri state parks

Visitors to five of Missouri's state parks can now stay connected to the world while visiting Roaring River State Park. On Monday, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced that wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) connections are now available at no charge in certain areas of Bennett Spring, Roaring River, Montauk, Big Lake and Sam A. Baker state parks.

At Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Wi-Fi is available at the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center. At all five parks, guests must provide their own computers.

The department is adding Wi-Fi to enhance customer service and to meet the requests of state park users to stay connected.
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Town Looks at RV Parking on Private Property

Tri-Town News - Howell,NJ,USA
JACKSON — The issue of motor homes and boats parked on private property was a topic of discussion at the Jackson Planning Board meeting on Sept. 22. Following a discussion of the matter, it appeared that any action on the issue will wait until the township's master plan is reviewed.

Jackson's code enforcement officer John Grillo said he conducted a survey and determined there are more than 300 violations of the local law which governs the storage of recreational vehicles (motor homes) and boats on private property.

The violations could include any number of issues, including the size of the vehicle and the setbacks from property lines. He said the economy may be taking a toll on people who would otherwise keep their boat at a marina over the winter.

One change to the local law that could be considered is increasing the size of a vehicle that may be kept on private property.
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

RV Shipments Fell 44% in August on Fuel Cost, Economy

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Recreational-vehicle shipments for manufacturers including Winnebago Industries Inc. fell 44 percent in August to the lowest for the month in 16 years on near-record fuel costs and a sagging economy.

North American deliveries to retailers dropped to 16,900 from 30,400 a year earlier, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association said on its Web site today. Shipments for the first eight months of the year were down 23 percent.
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Man takes Home Office & Family on Business Trips

Oct 01, 2008 (Albany Times Union
When Michael Santarcangelo travels for business -- sometimes as many as 100 days a year -- the family goes along.

His kids jump on the bed while the Cheetah Girls perform on the TV in the master bedroom. His wife, Tricia, throws a load of laundry in the machine, sits down to pay bills online and keeps an ear open for the oven timer. Dinner is almost ready.

Michael glances at his family in the rearview mirror and maneuvers his bus-sized RV across the state line from New York into Ohio.

While many people are finding less expensive ways to get to work, Michael makes his RV a mobile office, weaving cross country and up and down the East and West coasts. The East Greenbush resident owns Security Catalyst, a home-based company he started in 2002 to help businesses and organizations protect information. The nature of his job -- which involves training, speaking engagements and consulting -- keeps him on the road for weeks, sometimes months, at a time.

Tired of leaving behind his wife and children, he got the RV. Now, his work -- and his family -- go with him.

"I refused to watch my kids grow up in pictures," says Michael, sitting on the couch (which folds out into a bed) in the living room of his one-bedroom, 400-plus-square-foot RV. "I didn't want that lifestyle for me or my family."
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New Owners to make Campground Family Friendly

Tunkhannock New Age Examiner - Tunkhannock,PA,USA
TUNKHANNOCK TWP. -
James and Virginia Hawk, new owners of Stony Mountain Campground, took over the campground last week when they purchased it from Leroy Posten.

James Hawk said he and his family have always enjoyed camping, and for the past several years they have looked into getting into it as a business.

"We've camped a lot. You always kind of think that would be a neat thing to do," he said. "People in a campground are always in a good mood."

Hawk said there are some facilities at the campground that haven't been used in years that he wants to restore. He said the goal is to return it to the status it had when it was built in 1963.

"We want to make it more family-oriented," he said. In fact, when the campground re-opens next spring, the word "Family" will be added to its name.
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Fleetwood shares surge after huge Monday drop

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of recreational vehicle maker Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. rebounded Tuesday from their steep sell-off during Monday's session.

The stock jumped 31 cents, or 41 percent, to $1.05 in afternoon trading. The gains follow a dramatic drop in Fleetwood's shares on Monday, when the stock tumbled 57 cents, or 43 percent, to close at an all-time low of 75 cents. Trading of Fleetwood shares was halted for a time on Monday.

A Fleetwood spokeswoman said in an e-mail she knew of no news that would have affected the stock price so dramatically the past two days.
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